Gear-up landing Incident Hunting Jet Provost T Mk 3 XM469, 05 May 1961
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Date:05-MAY-1961
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic JPRO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hunting Jet Provost T Mk 3
Owner/operator:1 FTS Royal Air Force (1 FTS RAF)
Registration: XM469
MSN: PAC/W/9277
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Strenshall Common, 5 miles NE of York, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
On 5th May 1961 this Jet Provost was being flown on a training flight with No.1 F.T.S. at 8000 feet when the aircraft entered a spin from which the pilot was unable to recover. With control being lost the instructor ordered his pupil to eject before ejecting himself and they landed about three miles from where the aircraft came down. The aircraft is believed to have crashed into a small area of woodland near the railway level crossing on Strensall Common in what was described as a "belly landing" in the crash report.

It is not known whether the wreck caught fire but the fire brigade were reported as covering it in foam. The two airmen were driven back to RAF Linton-on-Ouse by their commanding officer, Group Captain Ellacombe.

Crew of XM469: Instructor Pilot - Flight Lieutenant William A "Bill" Langworthy RAF (3516420), of Fulford, York, and Trainee Pilot - Mid-Shipman Colin A Skillett RN, of Guernsey (both ejected safely)

William 'Bill' Langworthy was born in April 1935 and was an identical twin, as a child he attended Exeter Grammar School. He and his brother Richard had joined the RAF together in 1952 and after initial training they were both posted to 73 Squadron. His brother became a helicopter pilot whilst Bill Langworthy became a jet pilot and instructor. Bill Langworthy flew as part of the Central Flying School aerobatic display team the 'Red Pelicans', flying Jet Provost T.4's. He was part of a team which included team manager Squadron Leader Paul Worthington, team leader Flight Lieutenant Terry Lloyd, and pilot's Flight Lieutenants Brian Nice, Dennis Southern, Bert Lane, and Eric Pilsley. On 11th June 1966 he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air.

In the 1970s he was part of a team working at BAe Warton with the SEPECAT Jaguar project and he later flew the Jaguar with the RAF in Germany for a long period of time ejecting twice from the aircraft type. He subsequently ejected from Jaguars: from XZ102 on 14 December 1976 and from Jaguar XX845 on 15 November 1977

Bill Langworthy was awarded the AFC while in the rank of Squadron Leader, Gazetted on 12th June 1982. He later returned to the UK and to Linton on Ouse to fly Jet Provosts again and later as a civilian to Linton on Ouse to instruct in the Tucano simulator. He retired to Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire and upon his death in January 2006 his ashes were buried in the village churchyard.

Sources:

1. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/ryedale/xm469.html
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194406/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1961.htm
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1961.htm
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/40/S3007: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578787
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20160502232545/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/project/Biographies/L/LangworthyBill/LangworthyWA.htm
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strensall#Strensall_Common

Media:

Crash site - level Crossing on Strensall Common photographed on 24 July 2006. This crossing lies on the York - Scarborough railway line. Manually operated level Crossing on Strensall Common - geograph.org.uk - 208274

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Nov-2011 16:31 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Oct-2013 20:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2019 08:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
02-Dec-2020 23:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Dec-2020 23:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Dec-2020 00:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Dec-2020 17:42 Newton Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]

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